West Coast have confirmed the board has decided to “continue to support” troublesome forward Willie Rioli, who has returned to Perth from the Northern Territory.
Rioli has landed back in Perth more than three weeks ahead of his return to train date on June 20, with the club hopeful it will provide a return to routine.
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Rioli, who is serving a two-year doping ban, will be allowed to join his teammates for training in the lead-up to the round 15 home blockbuster with the Western Bulldogs.
The 25-year-old’s suspension ends on August 20, paving the way for a return as early as the round 23 clash with Brisbane at the Gabba.
He could also play for the Eagles’ WAFL side in their round 20 clash against Claremont at Revo Fitness Stadium.
The Eagles said in a short statement they are still working out some of the details around his return to the club.
They are not expected to add an additional club suspension on top of the ban he is already serving, in the wake of his cannabis charge.